This year, the grade 7 boys basketball team was the best team in their league with a regular season record of 14-0. Throughout the season the team bonded. Guard Kieron Windless said, “We all bonded together and gelled together as a team.”
Their bond really showed at LSSAs where the team ran one of their plays without any mistakes. Even with many practices the play never worked until LSSAs. “We ran a play and it worked perfectly, and that was the first time we ran that play flawlessly,” said guard Alex Demetris.
Even if the team played well, there was still room for improvement. “We needed to concentrate more in practice and have a better understanding of the game and our role in the game, the team also needs to be more committed to basketball and the team,” said, Windless.
This was a big struggle throughout the season and during games led to some points conceded. But the team addressed the issue and turned it into a strength. The team made sure they weren’t getting distracted and that they knew what they had to do during the games.
The team started with some players who knew how to play basketball at a high and competitive level, but at the beginning of the season, some of the players haven’t. “We started going through our plays, and people learned how to play basketball at a higher level,” said Demetris.
The team practiced hard and the results showed it. “We definitely improved throughout the season because we practiced constantly,” said Windless.
The team finished the season with an undefeated record regular season record, and they ended the season on a high going 3-0 at LSSAs. They beat all their opponents by a wide margin with every player scoring at least once during the three games. “The key to the team’s success was hard work,” said forward Jake Edwards.